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We left this morning on time from The Midi Pyrènèes and now headed for 'the' Pyrènèes! About 300km but we knew the last part of the roads would be windy and slower so we gave ourselves 5hrs for the trip. The Motorway through Toulouse and down to Tarascon was fast and efficient. We stopped their for lunch as it was a beautiful town right between the cliffs at the start or the Pyrènèes. After lunch ...
We are at the last weekend of the carnival. The Saturday morning parade was 'interesting '. Lots of men dressed as tarts carried a figure into the square and proceeded to enact a scene which had strong sexual connotations. And this was mid morning with kids around! The bawdiness of the event was surprising. The second part of the parade was of cooks and chefs with lots of small children ...
... people come to the country - tax free shopping! Around 80% of the shops were selling luxury goods - cameras, tablets, watches etc.
Even in the local supermarket, beside a bunch of bananas was bulk packs of cigarettes and flashy cameras. In many ways it was much the same as Liechtenstein - luxury shops in front of stunning mountain views.
I then carried on ...
... because they said that their brief was to clean up the park!
The aim is to get three to four rooms ready for this summer. This involves getting the services in (water, electricity, telephones). This is half way to being accomplished. Then we need to pick away the old plaster in these rooms, re-plaster with two coats, finish with a lime wash decorative finish, repaint the frescoes, install the underfloor heating, lay the tiles on top, install a small kitchen, ...
... and the snow was vivid white. Today's trip took us to Mirepois. No market, and so the town was sleepy and with few people about. And then to chateau d'Arques. At first it looks like a Middle Ages folly - no reason for its presence. From the other direction, the Donjon looks slightly more impressive. A morning Carcassonne was obligatory. Very few people around and so it was a delight to walk round the Cité and have a cup of ...